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Oct. 7, 2010
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; - Sue Paterno and her more than 20 years of work with Special Olympics Pennsylvania will be recognized during the Give Big segment on Big Ten Tailgate, which airs this weekend on the Big Ten Network.
Paterno began a labor of love with Special Olympians in 1989. Her efforts have helped keep the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games and its 2,000 athletes coming back to the Penn State campus and State College area every June for the past 23 years. In 2008, Sue and her husband, Joe Paterno, were inducted into the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Hall of Fame.
Big Ten Tailgate will originate from the Penn State campus this weekend, debuting Friday at 11:00 p.m. on the Big Ten Network. The one hour program will re-air Saturday at 12:30, 5:00 and 9:00 a.m. At 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Big Ten Football Kickoff will air live from Beaver Stadium on the network. Penn State hosts Illinois for its 91st Homecoming Game on Saturday at 12:00 p.m.
A 1962 Arts & Letters graduate of Penn State, Sue Paterno has devoted herself for nearly 50 years to improving the lives of others, ranging from helping student-athletes at Penn State work on their writing skills to providing enduring memories for Special Olympic athletes from across Pennsylvania.
Named a Distinguished Alumna in 2004, Sue has provided tireless dedication and leadership to the entire Penn State campus and the surrounding local communities. To many Penn State students, she frequently serves as an unofficial adviser and as honorary chair of countless student-run events. Among the causes she is deeply involved with, in addition to Pennsylvania Special Olympics, are: Penn State's University Libraries Development Advisory Board, College of the Liberal Arts Development Council, the annual United Way campaign, Penn State Alumni Association's National Service Week, the University's Leadership Gifts committee, and the National Council for Penn State Philanthropy.
Joe and Sue Paterno have made contributions totaling nearly $5 million to Penn State to support the University Libraries, the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, the All-Sports Museum, and an array of faculty positions, graduate fellowships and undergraduate scholarships in the College of the Liberal Arts and the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.
In 2009, the Paternos pledged $1 million towards the construction of a new wing at the Mount Nittany Medical Center, Centre County's primary healthcare facility.
This past August, the groundbreaking was held for the Suzanne Pohland Paterno Catholic Student Faith Center, which is being built just north of the Penn State campus. The Paternos are the honorary co-chairs to raise $6.5 million for the project.
The Big Ten Network launched its Give Big campaign in September. Its mission is to inspire service and sacrifice among Big Ten Community members. This fall, the Big Ten Network will profile a member of the Big Ten family (one from each school) who has made an impact in their community through their volunteer service. Segments will run during Big Ten Tailgate at 11 PM ET and a companion microsite - www.BTNGiveBig.com will connect viewers on ways to act, serve and inspire within their communities.
About the Big Ten Network: The Big Ten Network is the first internationally distributed network dedicated to covering one of the premier collegiate conferences in the country. With approximately 400 live events, and nearly all of them in HD, the network is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans and alumni across the country, allowing them to see their favorite teams, regardless of where they live. The network operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, showcasing a wide array of classic-to-current sports and televising more Olympic sporting events and women's sports than has ever been aired on any other network. Original programming highlights activities and accomplishments of some of the nation's finest universities. Each year, the network offers between 35 and 40 football games, 105 regular season men's basketball games; 55 women's basketball games; dozens of Big Ten Championship events; studio shows; coaches' shows; and classic games.
The Big Ten Network is available to more than 75 million homes via cable and satellite providers nationwide and in Canada. The network currently has agreements with more than 300 affiliates, including DirecTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-Verse, Verizon FiOS, Atlantic Broadband, Bright House, Cablevision, CATV Service, Inc., Charter, Comcast, Cox (Cleveland, Omaha, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Las Vegas, Northern Virginia), Insight, Mediacom, Midcontinent, Nittany Media, RCN, Rogers Cable, Canada), Service Electric, Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct (Canada), Time Warner Cable, Western Broadband, Windstream and WOW.